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Variagated Mock Orange

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Joanna Thebeau14-May-08 12:53 PM EST 5a   
Kath14-May-08 04:23 PM EST 3a   
kath14-May-08 04:24 PM EST 3a   
Joanna Thebeau16-May-08 09:23 AM EST 5a   

Subject: Variagated Mock Orange
From: Joanna Thebeau (
Zone: 5a
Date: 14-May-08 12:53 PM EST

I have a variagated mock orange that I planted about 15 yrs ago,It has never gotten any bigger than it was when I bought it and has never bloomed,what is wrong??? I am so frustrated!! Please can someone help with this mystery.

Subject: RE: Variagated Mock Orange
From: Kath (
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-May-08 04:23 PM EST

Just a few things to check to see if you can find an answer :)

1. is the soil too sandy or clay?

2. is there enough sunlight? (should have at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun each day)

3. are there any invasive or inhibiting plants nearby?

4. Is your soil lacking nutrients? (test kits are available everywhere for about $5)

5. does it need protection in the winter? if so, did it receive enough?

6. do you notice any pests (above ground and under)?

7. is the soil too dry? (check about 6 to 12 inches below the surface to be sure the roots are getting the moisture they need :)

and if all else fails, perhaps the little darling just doesn't like where it is, and wants to be moved :).

Subject: RE: Variagated Mock Orange
From: kath (
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-May-08 04:24 PM EST

Just as an afterthought - a hard pruning may encourage new growth and blooms too :)

Subject: RE: Variagated Mock Orange
From: Joanna Thebeau (
Zone: 5a
Date: 16-May-08 09:23 AM EST

Thanks sooooo much Kath for your input,but I'v tried all these things including moving it twice and hard pruning.I guess the little bugger is just stubburn,but I will try moving it one more time.Thanks again!!!

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